Full Presence Mindfulness

Less Stress. Greater Joy.

Offering online and in-person trainings in Berkeley, California


Full presence mindfulness takes you beyond the self.
It opens the door to a world of wonder – a new outlook on life.
Because there’s more to life than self-improvement.
Mindfulness training can be valuable for treating many difficulties in our stressed-out society, including anxiety, tension, and depression. It can also help people find more joy and appreciation in the simple, daily activities that make up our lives.


Yet mindfulness has the potential to offer much more. When we learn to be fully present to our own experience, we can discover and break through the habits and negative patterns that limit us.  We can learn more about what it means to live life fully.


Full Presence Mindfulness (FPM) offers the same benefits as other forms of mindfulness training, but moves to a deeper level.
  • Therapeutic mindfulness. Mindfulness today often follows a medical model that helps people deal with painful symptoms.
  • Gateway mindfulness. Sometimes mindfulness is also presented as a gateway to new insights. Many people who complete mindfulness training discover the joy that gateway mindfulness can bring.
  • Full Presence Mindfulness (FPM). FPM introduces a new vision of what it means to be fully engaged in life. It demonstrates how to inhabit many dimensions of experience at once. Approached through this new vision of reality, mindfulness practice can reach its full potential. The practitioner learns to be fully present to their own experience and can discover and break through the patterns that limit them.
By activating the FPM vision, you learn how to open up your own possibilities. This shift happens easily and naturally, and you can learn the basics of what you need to know in a single 8-week training. By simply attuning to what is going on in each moment—starting with breathing, hearing, and seeing—you lay the foundation for a new way of being.

Why practice Full Presence Mindfulness?

Because experience is multi-dimensional.


We live in our bodies and know through our senses. We think and feel, act on our values, and build relationships. We tell stories, both to ourselves and to others.


Full Presence Mindfulness invites us to explore every dimension of our experience, activating our finest intelligence and most heartfelt feelings.


From body and breath, to the senses, thoughts, and feelings, each aspect of our experience can open a gateway into a world without boundaries or limitations.


Full Presence Mindfulness is a key that unlocks this gateway.

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Offered online and in-person in Berkeley, California

Online Training

Schedule: Autumn 2017

Sundays, 9:00-10:30 AM (Pacific Time Zone)
September 10 – October 29, 2017


$150 USD

Berkeley Training

Schedule: Autumn 2017

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM 
September 5 – October 24, 2017
With a 1-day retreat on Saturday, October 7


$200 USD (includes retreat)


Mangalam Center, 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley, California


Registration is currently closed for the Fall quarter,
but registered participants may still submit payment below.
Check back soon for the Winter 2018 training.


What are the benefits?
Mindfulness practitioners report a wide-range of benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, greater ability to concentrate and to deal with negative situations, and more control over negative thoughts. There have been many studies showing the positive benefits of mindfulness practice. FPM is designed to offer those same benefits, but the main focus is on giving you the tools to deepen your understanding of who you are. 
Can I take this course even if I haven’t taken another mindfulness course?
Yes. It can actually be helpful to start with no preconceptions, but be ready to apply yourself more at the beginning of the course.

Will there be readings?
There are no reading assignments. The only homework is experiential. Suggested further readings will be made available at the end of the course.

What is your refund policy?
You will be refunded in full if you cancel after the first class session. If you cancel after the second or third class session, your refund will be prorated. You will not receive a refund if you cancel after the fourth class session.
Is this course based on Buddhism?
No it’s not. The inspiration for the course is an approach developed for the modern mind by a Tibetan lama, Tarthang Tulku. However, that approach is not Buddhist. There are no religious elements in any of the practices and no set of beliefs or dogmas. FPM is all about free and open inquiry.

Do I have to sit in a meditation posture, or on a cushion? Will there be yoga practices?
We’ll sit in chairs. There will be a few very simple, non-stressful movement practices, but no yoga.



Jack Petranker is the developer of Full Presence Mindfulness. A student of the nature of the mind for more than 40 years, he has written and taught widely, sharing his understanding with others. In addition to teaching FPM, Jack is a practicing Buddhist and meditation teacher, as well as a lawyer. He is the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet?. Jack holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Full Presence Mindfulness Teacher Training

The Center for Creative Inquiry is pleased to present a one-year Teacher Training in Full Presence Mindfulness, beginning September 2017. The Program will give you the background you need to offer the complete 8-week Full Presence Mindfulness Training. Students who complete the training and are authorized to teach will receive a Teacher Manual that they can use as the basis for their own teaching.

Class Location


Center for Creative Inquiry
2018 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 809-1541